When the finest chess players on the planet clash in the same competition, no one, not even the world champion, is safe. At the Sinquefield Cup Chess Tournament which ended yesterday in St Louis, USA, World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen capitulated to Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. That was the startling and sensational news in the chess world until midway in the tournament. Then, suddenly, in the sixth round of the tournament, Vishy Anand appeared and wrestled the thunder from Fabiano Caruana.
Playing with imagination and confidence based on personal experiences and home preparation, Anand was all over Caruana on the chess board. Caruana is ranked the No 3 player in chess worldwide, and boasts a place in the elite 2800-club. Anand employed the English Opening against Caruana in a surprise move since the Indian grandmaster had used this opening only sporadically in his career. Anand boldly sacrificed his queen, and, in so ….